Burned kids can be themselves at camp

A very special summer camp kicked off in Gimli Tuesday. Only a select group of kids is allowed to attend &#150 those who have been disfigured by burns.

A very special summer camp kicked off in Gimli Tuesday. Only a select group of kids is allowed to attend – those who have been disfigured by burns.

"Some of these kids have gone through some horrendous things, and still continue to go through a lot of pain, despite all the courage that they have," says Tyler Pelke, a Winnipeg firefighter and a burn victim himself. He's helped organize the Manitoba Firefighters Burn Camp.

"That's the biggest thing about them: they're amazing and they're kids. They have a lot of fun."

Pelke says there are about 37 children at the camp this year, ranging in age from six to 16.

"It's not always a nice world. This camp hopefully provides a place where they can come to be safe, and where they can come to learn and develop and mature some confidence in them.

"It doesn't matter what you look like on the outside. It's who you are on the inside, and what you can do with your life, and what you can do with yourself," Pelke says.